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2021-22 Indian Super League, Regular Season
  • Sunil Chhetri (24')

ISL 2021-22: SC East Bengal end season rock-bottom as Bengaluru sign off with a win

Sunil Chhetri celebrates scoring Bengaluru FC's opening goal against SC East Bengal Faheem Hussain/Focus Sports/ ISL

SC East Bengal ended the Indian Super League (ISL) season in familiar fashion as their last encounter resulted in a 1-0 defeat against Bengaluru FC at the Tilak Maidan Stadium. Sunil Chhetri's solitary strike (24') proved to be the difference, bagging three points for Marco Pezzaiuoli's men in their final fixture of their 2021-22 campaign.

The result meant that the Kolkata-based club finished the season in the bottom-place on the points table, with only one win in 20 matches. On the other hand, Bengaluru FC finished in sixth place as they secured 29 points overall.

Antonio Perosevic tested Lara Sharma in goal from a free-kick situation early in the match but the custodian was steadfast in making the save. The game was evenly balanced until a moment of individual brilliance from Sunil Chhetri broke the deadlock. The BFC skipper controlled a long ball on his chest and slotted the shot into the bottom left corner to give his side the lead in the 24th minute. Udanta Singh then came close to scoring but saw his long-range shot hit the crossbar at the half-hour mark.

The first half did not have any more goals apart from a flurry of goalmouth action involving both teams. SC East Bengal suffered a setback by losing Perosevic to an ankle injury, who was replaced by Marcelo Ribeiro. Due to a lack of cohesion in the final third, only one goal came from the first 45-minutes and BFC went into the halftime break with a one-goal advantage.

The second half saw a harder push for the second goal from Bengaluru FC. However, they handed a gift to Thongkhosiem Haokip at the hour mark after letting the ball fall to him behind the backline only for him to lift his chip way over the bar. A whole host of changes were made by both managers to give time to youngsters and inject more energy in the match after the hour mark.

BFC came close yet again to extend their lead courtesy of Chhetri whose powerful drive was parried away by Suvam Sen in SCEB's goal. Ananta Tamang and Sen had to combine a few minutes later to deny Chhetri once more, keeping their team in the hunt. Despite SCEB's best efforts, Bengaluru FC kept their lead intact and secured the three points.